Dutch man with gun arrested on Schiphol airport: police

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Military police arrested a Dutchman carrying a loaded gun in his jacket pocket at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Tuesday as he tried to board a flight for the Dutch Antilles, a spokesman said.

"The man did not threaten anyone with his gun," Robert van Kapel, a spokesman for the airport's military police unit, told AFP.

The man, 35, was apprehended after the pistol set off a security scanner around 9:30 am (0730 GMT).

"The arrest went without incident," said Van Kapel, adding the man did not try to resist.

Travelling alone, the man had sought to board a flight for the island of Curacao in the Dutch Antilles.

He will remain in detention until his first appearance before a magistrate in three days.

Last December, a 23-year-old Nigerian was able to board a Detroit-bound jet at Schiphol wearing underpants containing explosive chemicals, which he tried to set off mid-air.

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